After being away for a couple of years, Jerry Bolanti (Joseph Cortese) is back in his tough, North Jersey neighborhood, close to swampy meadowlands where bodies get pulled from the trunks of cars and dumped.
He's short on cash, so a local boss, Anthony Iadavia (Lou Criscuolo), throws him some work - as a collector and a holdup man.
But Jerry's cocky and a hothead, so he makes enemies faster than he can deliver on the jobs.
Whatever bag or case of cash he touches doesn't seem to make it back to Iadavia. But Jerry's resilient and persistent, so he just may get his revenge as well as a chance to go caravan camping with his girl.
March 21, 2016 Subject:
Interesting early independent
Not a great film, but actually quite a good independent release from the days before a true independent film movement existed. In addition, this is the film in which Scorsese and De Niro spotted Joe Pesci and, based upon his performance, invited him to audition for his role in "Raging Bull." The rest (as they say) is history. Frank Vincent, who also went on to a great career, is especially compelling.
August 24, 2011 Subject:
This blow-dried, double-knit polyester 70s warm-up for GoodFellas and The Sopranos was most likely inspired by Martin Scorsese's early hit Mean Streets (1973). It even features a couple of later Scorsese regulars - future Oscar winner (for GoodFellas) Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent, both playing a couple of local hoods. Has a bit of B movie charm, replete with gratuitous F-bombs and topless dancers and was most likely one of the last of the B drive-in exploitation features before the multiplexes replaced the drive-ins. Worth a look.